Akiva Eldar, not untypically, is engaging in simplistic reductionism. Israel is by no means perfect on the question of religious and national equality, but then again I'm sure he would hard-pressed to find a country that is perfect (witness the Muslim ghettos surrounding Paris, for instance, or the ban on minerates in Switzerland). Apartheid is an ideology that holds the blacks are racially inferior to whites and must be separated. No equivalent ideology exists in official Israel; indeed, all the barriers separating Israelis from Palestinians were erected for security reasons years after the occupation began. A Palestinian holding Israeli identity card can travel freely, which couldn't happen in an apartheid regime. Visit a ward at Hadassah hospital or the Malcha shopping mall, which are both filled with Palestinians. In Apartheid South Africa that would have been ideologically impossible. The Apartheid label is propaganda, not the stuff of a presumably thoughtful op-ed piece.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog to speak at anti-violence rally in Tel Aviv on Sat. night (Haaretz)
from the article: Are Israel and apartheid South Africa really different?